Family travel after the Corona Virus will be different then what everyone has experienced before. After long stay home orders, families can be anxious to get-a-way. Be smart, safe, and stay healthy with A Family Guide To Travel After The Corona Virus.
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Social distance, stay healthy, and save lives. These terms have now been embedded in our brains. With stay-home orders being lifted, Families are trying to go back to some sense of normal. It will be different, and at the least, semi-permanent. What we should not do, is emerge into a false sense of security. The Corona Virus will continue to be around us, for a long time. Thinking about family travel after the Corona Virus, is no exception. When I was learning how to drive a vehicle, my mother told me that I could be cautious and follow all the rules. But, it is the others on the road you always need to be aware of. It is the same scenario for families who want to travel after the Corona Virus. Do not assume that others are taking the same precautions as you are doing. We all want to have fun on vacation. While doing so, we need to protect ourselves, our families, and our vulnerable. This is A Family Guide To Travel After The Corona Virus
1.) Before you make family travel plans to head towards your destination, research that area. This website address, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html , is a great place to start. Also, if you are staying in a hotel or visiting different venues for activities, go to their websites too. Find out what guidelines, if any, they are providing for their guests. If you are heading to the beach for vacation, make sure you check their local website for tourism in that area, There may be many restrictions, and you want to be prepared. Also, make sure you read, The Ultimate Day At The Beach For Families. There are great tips and suggestions to make your visit easier.
2.) When preparing to pack for your vacation, read The Top 5 Tips For An Easy Road Trip With Kids. This article has great suggestions for family travel. With that being said, there are items that you will need to pack, that you would never have thought of before. First, make sure you bring extra hand antiseptic. While traveling, it is hard to be able to wash your hands with soap and water. Hand antiseptic, is a great alternative. Cleaning wipes, like Chlorox or Lysol Wipes, are great to keep in your car. Items that you may pick up along the way, can be easily wiped down. There is a good chance, that wherever you decide to go, you will need to wear a mask, to enter that establishment. It would be best if you pack at least 3 per person. Keep one in the car, where it is reachable while on the road. Pack the other 2 in your suitcases. Most people will not be doing laundry while vacationing. This way, you are confident, that you have clean masks to use. When it comes to clothes, pack a few extra outfits than you normally would. When you are finished an activity or retiring for the evening, you can place your clothes in a laundry bag. This keeps those clothes, which you have worn, separate from the clean clothes. Speaking of laundry, bring a separate laundry bag for dirty clothes. This helps keep your clothes organized. The best laundry bags are ...
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Your vehicle should have a designated carrier for trash. The best I have found is an organizer, Talus by High Road. It keeps your car clutter and trash free. It also easily can store those cleaning wipes that I suggested before. I use bags that you get from the grocery store. Place 4 on the bottom, and the open one on top. This way, as the trash accumulates, there are bags waiting to be used, underneath the one that you have filled.
3.) In a perfect world, I would be able to drive, from start to finish, without stopping. But, that does not work for my family. However, depending on the state you are driving thru, many rest areas have restrictions. I suggest that you research the different areas you will be driving in. Instead of using the rest areas for that well needed bathroom break, visit a grocery store, fast food restaurant, etc. I can guarantee that a brigade of patrons will not be using their bathrooms, as they would be in a rest area. Remember, we want to have fun traveling, while remaining healthy and safe.
4.) Whether you are checking into a hotel or a rental, make sure you find out their guidelines that they are using, for the precautions of the Corona Virus. From checking-in to amenities, there may be restrictions that you are not be aware of. If possible, before the rest of your family joins you, visit your room alone. Take a grocery bag and disinfectant wipes to the room with you. Wipe down door handles, faucets, toilet bowl handles, light and lamp switches, thermostat, dresser and wardrobe handles, curtain pulls, coffee pot, refrigerator and microwave doors, phone, and the television remote. Discard the wipes into the grocery bag you brought with you and place in a hallway trash can. If you do not have an extra grocery bag, there is usually a plastic laundry/dry cleaning bag located in the wardrobe or closet. If you are checking into a suite that has a mini-kitchenette, wash mugs, cups, and any utensil that you may use. If there is a dishwasher, run all the items through a clean cycle. It is seldom, that these kitchen accessories are cleaned in between guests, unless they are noticeably used. Carry hand sanitizer or wipes with you at all times. As you travel through the hotel, you will be touching items. For instance, the elevator keys, ice machine, etc. Once checked in, do not allow housekeeping to clean or complete a turn down service. If you need fresh towels, ask for them to be delivered to you. Treat rentals the same way as if staying in a hotel. If there are comforters on the beds, do not use them. Chances are, the cleaning service, is not cleaning them in between guests. Sound obsessive? Not really! I have been using these techniques, as I travel, before the Corona Virus. Over the years, I have reviewed many different hotels, for my clients. Trust me, do not assume that every employee, does their job as they should. You have to remember, just a few hours before you arrived, another guest was staying in that exact room. Now, more than ever, you do not want to place the health and well being of you and your family into a strangers hand.
5.) SUPPORT THE LOCAL RESTAURANTS! Listen, I know that it can be quite expensive. Especially, if you have a large family. Usually, I stop by a grocery store, before checking into our hotel or rental. For breakfast, I buy bagels and cream cheese or cereal bowls. Purchasing lunch meat and rolls allows you to save time and money, depending on the activities of that day. But please, SUPPORT THE LOCAL RESTAURANTS. This does not mean that you have to dine at the location. Get take-out and eat in your room. For instance, have a pizza and pajama party! It is a hit with the younger children, and you do not have to worry about a late bedtime. If you do not want to leave your hotel or rental, use a delivery service. Just remember, that there could be a significant wait time, when ordering take-out or delivery. And don't forget to ask for disposable plates and utensils. An easy clean-up is always the best!
Wherever you decide to vacation this year, make sure you stay just as vigilant, as you were in your stay-home order. Do the 5...wash hands, use masks, stay 6 feet apart, sneeze into your elbow, and above all... stay home if you are sick! But please remember, that most small town and resort communities, depend on tourism and the restaurant industries. Please support them, while remaining respectful of each other. During your family travel, have fun and create memories that will last a lifetime. And above all, stay safe, stay healthy, and protect the vulnerable.